California Eats

While out in California, we ate a variety of good meals throughout our travels and our stay there.  We also enjoyed quite a few of the fantastic California wines as well.  Aside from the sad reason for the trip, we enjoyed good foods and wines with good friends and family, which is really what life is all about.

This was the breakfast spread my dear friend Andrea had waiting for us as soon as we arrived.  We had delicious breakfast burritos, donuts and sliced pineapple that was so sweet and so tasty it just melted in our mouths.  She also made us mimosas to help us jump start our day.  Even though you cannot really see it too well, the wine in the blue bottle is a wine we brought out to her.  It is one of our wines that we bottled from our favorite winery here in Colorado, InVINTIONs, A Creative Winery.


After this tasty breakfast, we headed up to some of the wineries in Los Olivos, which is about an hour outside of Santa Barbara.  We tried the wines at bout 4-5 different local wineries, and enjoyed them all.  We were splitting the wine flights, so we only had a taste or two of each wine, which was just enough to let us try them without having too much.  There are about 40-50 local wineries just in Los Olivos alone, so there is no way you can visit them all in one day.  Oh darn, I guess that means multiple trips out to the area to make sure no good wine is left untasted.  It would be wrong to not try them all, right?!    The Sarloos winery was one of our stops.  They offer a mini cupcake flight to accompany the wine flight, which is a fun, creative way to enjoy the wines and the company your are with.




After a long day and a few wineries later, we decided it was time for dinner.  We ate at the Los Olivos Cafe.  The food was so fresh and delicious, with a true California flair.  The bread they brought us before our meal was divine.  I could have easily made this my entire meal.  It was so light and airy and baked to perfection.  The rest of our meal was just as delicious as well.  I would definitely recommend stopping at the Los Olivos Cafe to anyone visiting that area.



Day two of our trip, we met with some more friends and again, enjoyed more tasty and delectable foods of Southern California.  This was at a little restaurant in Pasadena, where I am originally from, called Colette’s.  This was our brunch.   I had the fried chicken Benedict.  My friend Scott had a fried chicken sandwich.  His sandwich was so big, he was wondering how he was going to eat it, but somehow he managed and he ate it all with glee.  Again, the food was very good.  Collete’s is a fun place to eat and gather with friends, especially outside on their patio.




For my husband, no trip to California would be complete without stopping at In N Out, so of course, we had to oblige.





As you can see by the smile on his face, my husband is a happy camper now that he has had his In N Out fix.



Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

7 thoughts on “California Eats”

  1. I’m in N. CA and In & Out is a must when visiting. Every time we have friends/family from the East Coast visit, we make sure to take them there. I live about 20 minutes from Napa and the wineries are wonderful. Sometimes, it’s nice just to spend the day in the beautiful country, sampling wines and cheeses. If you ever make it back this way, definitely try to visit Napa and/or St. Helena (next city over).

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      1. Well, there’s wine lol….V. Sattui winery is my all-time favorite winery. We used to go there, before they remodeled. They have the best deli and cheese selection around. Last time I was there, I broke out the new credit card and bought all three of the wines I had sampled. I have to be careful when I go there or I will go broke. LOL


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